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Unformatted text preview: b. S is testable =df O->S This excludes universal statements. This approach is wrong, though widely accepted. c. S is testable =df (Statements + Aux Hypothesis) Observation → Something like Statement: All crows are black. (General) Aux Hypothesis: Albert is a crow. (Specific) Observation: Albert is black. (Observation) Unfortunately just about any statement, period, will pass this test. In that case, you'd need to say that the Hypothesis itself has empirical content without begging the question. 1. Direct Testable a) S is an O b) (S & O1)->O2 O1+O2 2. Indirect Testable a) (S&H)->Directly Testable statement (D) and H=/ D b) H must be directly testable This is the right idea, polishing further from a., but we're still not quite there yet....
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This note was uploaded on 01/27/2011 for the course PHI 365 taught by Professor Spector during the Spring '10 term at SUNY Stony Brook.
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